Romeo And Juliet Still Relevant Today

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It is argued among most that some older works of art may be outdated or irrelevant to todays culture. Since our society is ever-changing and shifting, it is said that these works do not apply to today. Some may believe that they are universally relevant and time will generally always be the same. Whatever the argument may be, no one can seem to come to a conclusion. Romeo and Juliet is a relevant work for a person in modern times due to how love overpowers hatred, family can become a hardship in which you battle, and being overly prideful can lead to rebellion. Romeo and Juliet suggests love to be something that cannot be controlled. When Juliet learns that she has fallen in love with a Montague, she says, “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me that I must love a loathed enemy” (Shakespeare 1062). Juliet does not care that her love is for a Montague. One is …show more content…

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare characterizes the Capulets and Montagues as the antagonists through their hatred for one another. Thus, this creates fear between Romeo and Juliet that they will not be able to be together. Juliet takes a potion that will allow her to be with Romeo and not disappoint her parents at the same time, “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off; when presently through all thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humor; for no pulse…Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift; and hither shall he come; and he and I will watch thy waking, and that very night shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua” (Shakespeare 1117-1118). Since one does not want to feel like they have become a burden to their family, one tries all ways possible to please their family without hurting anyone. This shows that it is human nature to please all, even if it comes with

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